These ulcers on your tongue, gums or inside your lips or cheeks have a host of possible causes—allergies, injury, infection, even stress—but when you’re suffering, you just want to know the treatments that will cure them. These home remedies bring fast pain relief while allowing your canker sores to heal.
Baking soda is an alkaline and will neutralize acids that irritate the canker sore; it also helps kill bacteria to help provide canker sore relief. For this canker sore remedy, try this home remedy: Rinse your mouth with a solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1/2 cup of warm water.
Known as the “first-aid plant,” aloe vera gel can speed healing and offer soothing canker sore relief. Dry the canker sore area with a cotton swab, then slice an aloe leaf. With a clean spoon, dab a bit of the gel directly on the sore. Repeat as often as necessary. Aloe is also one of the most effective cold sore remedies.
Milk of Magnesia
Sip a small amount and use it as a mouth rinse, making sure to rinse the canker sore itself. This canker sore remedy takes advantage of milk of magnesia’s antacid properties, neutralizing the acids in the mouth that cause your canker sore to sting. You can also dab milk of magnesia directly on the canker sore with a cotton swab 3 to 4 times a day; one variation of this cure mixes a teaspoon of milk of magnesia with a teaspoon of Benedryl liquid allergy medicine.